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California needs storm every other day until end of May to end drought

MERCED (AP) - Two recent storms that washed over bone-dry California delivered welcome rain and snow, but officials from the state's Drought Task Force said Tuesday that much more is needed to alleviate the crisis.

March 04, 2014 | | Nation


Sierra snowpack one-third normal; March miracle desperately needed

TRUCKEE. (AP) - Weather watchers in the Sierra Nevada say they need a "Miracle March" to recover from an abysmal winter that has produced only one-third of the normal snowpack by this time of year.

March 04, 2014 | | Nation


Obama’s 2015 budget appeals to Demos

WASHINGTON (AP) - Striving for unity among Democrats rather than compromise with Republicans, President Barack Obama will unveil an election-year budget on Tuesday that drops earlier proposals to cut future Social Security benefits and seeks new money for infrastructure, education and job training.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Oscar celeb selfie a landmark moment

NEW YORK (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres' celeb-studded selfie from the most-watched Oscars telecast in a decade was a landmark social media moment at a time online conversation is boosting television viewership and vice versa.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Minnesota farmer creates granddaddy of a snowman

GILMAN, Minn. (AP) - A farmer in central Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter's excess.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Friends common source of abused meds

CHICAGO (AP) - Most people who abuse addictive prescription painkillers get them for free from friends or relatives, while drug dealers are a relatively uncommon source for those at highest risk for deadly overdoses, a government study found.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


False alarm ‘Olympus’ movie ad fine $1.9M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It turns out that using emergency warning tones in a TV commercial with images of the White House blowing up and the flashing words "THIS IS NOT A TEST" is frowned upon by the government.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• DAUGHTER'S FACEBOOK POST COSTS FATHER $80,000: MIAMI (AP) - A Florida teenager's Facebook post has cost her father an $80,000 legal settlement.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine tensions increase

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Warning that it was "on the brink of disaster," Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of a wider invasion by Russia.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Woman claimed to be sister when she was ticketed

POLK, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on forgery and other charges because state police say she identified herself as her sister when she was pulled over and given two traffic tickets, and again when she pleaded guilty before a district judge and was fined.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Rap disrespect of black icons raises concerns

NEW YORK (AP() - Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes involving the use or misuse of Malcolm and other black icons have raised the question: Has rap lost touch with black history?

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


‘American Idol’ votes routed to pizzeria

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - The phones were ringing off the hook at Gordy's Pizza & Pasta in Port Angeles last Wednesday, but the callers weren't looking for the eatery's signature fettucine.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Jimmy Fallon, Chicago mayor take a chilly dip

CHICAGO (AP) - Comedian Jimmy Fallon took a quick but icy dip in Lake Michigan - dressed in a full suit and tie - eyes bulging as he darted out of the slushy water and headed straight for a pile of dry towels.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Case may lead to lawyers at bail hearings

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - In Maryland each year, thousands of defendants appear before court commissioners - not judges - who set their bail without an attorney present.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Case looks at death row inmate with low IQ

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Floridian with an IQ as high as 75 may be diagnosed as mentally disabled and be eligible for help getting a job. But on death row, the state says having an IQ higher than 70 categorically means an inmate is not mentally disabled and may be executed.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


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Midday kidnapping attempt thwarted

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities on Tuesday were searching for a man caught on surveillance video running down a sidewalk with a toddler in his arms, with the boy's two young siblings screaming and chasing behind him, in what officials in the tiny town of Sprague, Washington say was a failed kidnapping.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


3 credited with rescuing motorist whose clothes caught on fire

GATES, N.Y. (AP) - Mike Peters was headed to his job driving veterans to and from outpatient services when he saw a man engulfed in flames "from his waist to above his head" while standing alongside a suburban Rochester, New York, road.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


More people are quitting jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Quitting your job - all but unheard of during and after the Great Recession - is becoming more common again. That could mean pay raises are coming for more Americans.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Cook cites record sales for Apple

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook took a figurative victory lap at his company's annual shareholder meeting, one day after he announced details about the new smartwatch Apple plans to start selling next month.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Google CFO Patrick Pichette to retire

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette plans to retire after helping the Internet search leader find and train his replacement within the next six months.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Early Look: How does Apple Watch stack up vs rival watches?

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch, and the device stacks up well against the competition.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Toddler found alive 14 hours after car crash in Utah river

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) - An 18-month-old girl survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for some 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, officers said.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Wisconsin chief treading carefully

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Within hours of a white officer shooting an unarmed black man, the police chief of Wisconsin's capital city was praying with the man's grandmother, hoping to strike a conciliatory tone and avoid the riots that last year rocked Ferguson, Missouri.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Bloody Sunday: Thousands crowd Selma bridge

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Thousands of people crowded an Alabama bridge on Sunday, many jammed shoulder to shoulder, many unable to move, to commemorate a bloody confrontation 50 years ago between police and peaceful protesters that helped bring about the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Bill Clinton defends foreign donations

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton defended his foundation's acceptance of donations from foreign governments on Saturday, pointing to the track record of his global philanthropy as Hillary Rodham Clinton nears an announcement on a 2016 presidential campaign.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher secretly videotaped kindergartners in bathroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teacher secretly recorded his kindergarten students using a tiny spy camera hung inside his classroom's bathroom, prosecutors said Saturday.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Finally some snow for Iditarod mushers

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Winter has finally cooperated with the Iditarod.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


2 peace officers suspended over bikini video shoot

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two Utah peace officers have been suspended without pay over a risque video shoot featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Father of teen poisoned by caffeine powder sues

CLEVELAND (AP) - Amazon.com and caffeine powder distributors didn't provide proper warnings about the supplement's dangers, resulting in the death of an Ohio high school student last year, the teen's father said in a lawsuit filed Friday.

March 07, 2015 | | Nation


Senator Menendez, amid probe: ‘I have been honest in office’

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, under federal investigation for his relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor, defiantly said Friday he has always been honest in office even as a person familiar with the matter said he's expected to face criminal charges soon.

March 07, 2015 | | Nation


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